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I got me a ramp.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dreagen, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. Well, it started out like this. Last saturday I was looking through all the pics I've saved of basses that I've seen on here whose design I like (I'm building my own bass, and I save any pic of a bass with a design I like), and I come across one with a ramp on it. So I thought "Heck, I'm bored out of my mind, why not go make one and see if I like it." So I went down to my basement and rummaged around for some wood, and lo and behold- I find a nice piece of flamed maple.:D So, about an hour later, I come out with this:

    As it turned out, I had a gig on sunday morning (which happened to be my first gig :)) so I used there and LOVED it!

    :bassist: :D
  2. Connor


    Jun 21, 2007
    does it get in the way of slap?
  3. Not at all, considering that I slap up at the end of the fretboard.

    EDIT: Here's a pic to show the general area
  4. TrevorOfDoom


    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    forgive my ignorance, but what exactly is the point of such a devise?
  5. grace & groove

    grace & groove

    Nov 30, 2005
    Self-Appointed Ambassador to the Dragonfly
    I'd sure hope not! Slap up at the neck for the best response/tone for slap is the common opinion I believe. The best and clearest response is surely up there.

    By the way, love the ramp. Most are black to match the pickups. It looks a little out of place but it is still classy enough to just make your bass look special and unique. Good choice!
  6. grace & groove

    grace & groove

    Nov 30, 2005
    Self-Appointed Ambassador to the Dragonfly
    Rest your thumb on it while playing fingerstyle.
  7. It makes it so it feels like you are playing over your pickup for a wider spot. Many people like it because you can put it quite close to the strings, then it stops you from digging in really hard, thus making you able to play faster.

  8. Thanks! I was originally going to make it out of walnut, but I cut the piece a little bit too thin, so I figured I might as well use the flamed maple, just to be different. ;)

    (and because it was the next piece of wood I found ;))
  9. Jjango


    Nov 16, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Did you radius the block?
  10. Nope, not at all. Just made it the same height as the bridge pup, sanded it flat with a belt sander, and went back and rounded the edges.
  11. Earwigger

    Earwigger I'm a Roland man now.

    Aug 23, 2005
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Nice! You should stain it a bit darker, I think.
  12. Rakie

    Rakie Let me take you down, 'cause I'm going to...

    Agreed. It would still POP and look unique, and it would also blend better.
  13. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Sorry dude, but I think that looks disgusting.

    The Bubinga Corvette is a beautiful bass and that ramp kinda ruins it IMO. Stain it, round the edges more, do something, please. :( Of course, this is all IMO.
  14. Fishbrain


    Dec 8, 2000
    England, Liverpool
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass and Amp

  15. riku888


    Nov 1, 2007
    ohhhhh now I get it (slaps forehead)!

    I've seen those on loads of basses but have never been able to figure out what it was for. It's been frustrating the hell out of me, but now I get it!
    Seems like quite a good idea now I come to think about it.
  16. joelb79


    Mar 22, 2006
    Lansing, Michigan
    I built a plexiglass one Saturday for my jazz. I need to get a thicker piece of plexi and actually cut it with a band saw as opposed to a dremel, but it worked pretty nicely.
  17. mothmonsterman


    Feb 8, 2006
    Question, how did you attach it?
  18. BassBob185


    Oct 25, 2007
    Rocking Chair
    I dont get the ramp thing. IMO it uglies up the bass but to each his/her own.
  19. Easy8


    Sep 5, 2007
    Austin, Tx
    The Roscoe Beck IV has a thin plexiglass ramp between the pups. It's bareley noticible from more than a few feet away. I was lucky enough to have Roscoe show me the original prototype and I didn't even notice the ramp until he pointed it out.
  20. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    That's what your B string is for. :)

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